Chip heater


The chip heater is embedded in Australian and New Zealand social heritage as numerous men and women can keep in mind making use of one particular or anyone who had one particular. The exact heritage of the chip heater is unclear.

The original thought absolutely have to be derived from vertical steam boilers. Professor Miles Lewis notes that he ‘instantaneous h2o heaters’, which were remaining offered by Douglas & Sons of Melbourne by 1888 were in all probability of this kind. In 1892 the Melbourne iron founder Angus McLean was promoting as the sole proprietor and company (presumably for Victoria) of Fischer’s Patent Bath Heater, which could be heated with wooden in a few minutes at the charge of one particular farthing.

Catalogues from the Countrywide Radiator Corporation (Hull, United Kingdom) from 1913 and 1919 which were marketed in Australia do not display chip heaters suggesting that the chip heater was community innovation.


The chip heater was quite very similar to the fuel and kerosene run eyser warm h2o heaters popular in Australian suburban residences from the 1920s. The main change was the gasoline resource. The Australian producer etters provided fuel geysers for metropolis clients with accessibility to fuel and chip heaters for nation clients.


There were a amount of suppliers and brand names. According to Professor Miles Lewis the early twentieth century brand names included the Royal, Minimal Hero, Silver Ace, Kangaroo, Empire and Minimal Surprise. Peter Wooden remembers a orrens brand remaining popular in Adelaide.

The Australian producer etters have a selection of chip heaters in their 1936 catalogue which include oil and kerosene run chip heaters as nicely as 4 types of chip heater. Metters claimed a move of 2 gallons of ery warm h2o for each minute.


Archer, John, 1998, Your household: the inside of tale of the Australian property, Port Melbourne, Lothian.

Metters Ltd 1936 Metters’ bathtub heater and warm h2o service : sectional catalogue, Metters Ltd.

Oliver, Julie. The Australian household attractive: from Hills hoist to large increase, McMahon’s Issue, N.S.W. House Gorgeous, 1999.

Postings on the NSW Heritage Workplace Heritage Advisors Dialogue Group by Peter Benkendorff, David Beauchamp, Susan Duyker, Elizabeth Roberts and Peter Woods, April 2007.

Submitting on Engineering Heritage discussion team by Professor Miles Lewis 26/04/2007

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